80 Wild Horses Up for Adoption in Odessa

by Haley Burks
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - 80 wild horses from across the Nation are calling the Ector County Coliseum their temporary home, but they are all hoping to be adopted.

"We bring horses from the public lands out west and bring them here so people have the opportunity to adopt them and preserve and protect these living legends," Paul McGuire with the Land Management Bureau, said.

Repeat customers are back to adopt more horses

"Last year we were here and adopted three horses, we just wanted to see what was available," Sharon McBeth said.

These animals are wild and were once part of free range herds and each year a number of the horses are rounded up to keep population levels steady.

"In the past we have enjoyed 100 percent adoption rates, its early yet, but it looks like we have quite a few interested in adopting these animals," McGuire added.

Potential adopters must fill out an application and meet requirements.

"There is a fee to adopt these animals, it's just a 125 dollars and we just want to make sure people have a minimum investment. We want these animals to go to a good home and just love them," he says.

McBeth tells NewsWest 9 it takes patience, but taming a mustang can be time well spent.

"I don't think we could put a price on the little one, we couldn't part with her, she is just a member of our family," McBeth said.

The adoption process will start on Friday, Oct. 31st, 2008 at 10 a.m. and will continue into Saturday.